Located in north-central Sonoma County, just northwest of Healdsburg, this rustic wine region is the most compressed, yet easiest to navigate. Its warm climate offers full-bodied Zinfandel wines, but also produces some of the best Merlot grapes. Dry Creek Valley’s winegrowing history is one of California’s longest, reaching back 140 years. Dry Creek Valley’s microclimate is similar to the Bordeaux region of France. With both coastal and inland influences, long, warm days and cooler nights allow the merlot grape to fully ripen and slowly develop and retain their structure and acidity.